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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Faculty Receive Maryland Nurses Association Awards


Faculty members from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing were honored in four award categories—mentorship, creative leadership, health information dissemination, and education—during the 2016 Maryland Nurses Association’s (MNA) annual convention, Oct. 13-14.

Michael Sanchez, DNP, ARNP, NP-C, FNP-BC, AAHIVS—Outstanding Mentorship Award

This award is given to a mentor who best demonstrates outstanding efforts and interest in the professional development and advancement of less experienced nurses.

Janiece Walker, PhD, MSN, RN—Outstanding Pathfinder Award

The recipient has pioneered in innovation in nursing or developed creative approaches to further nursing’s agenda.

Audra Rankin, DNP, APRN, CPNP—Outstanding Dissemination of Health Information

Presented in recognition of achievements in the dissemination of health information to the public.  Coverage may include illness prevention or wellness promotion.  

Nancy Sullivan, DNP, RN—Outstanding Nurse Educator Award

This award is given to a nurse educator who has provided others with exceptional educational opportunities.

“These faculty members model excellence as leaders, mentors, researchers, educators, and nurses,” says Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “In a time of nursing and faculty shortages, it’s important to recruit faculty that are highly recognized for their expertise and committed to educating the next generation. The MNA recognition is a commendable validation of their effort and achievement.”

With a mission to provide resources and development opportunities for nurses, the MNA also offers JHSON faculty and students another avenue to support local nurses and health care policy within Maryland. 


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks #1 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and #2 for DNP programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 2 nursing school in the world and is named the “Most Innovative Nursing Graduate Program in the U.S” by Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees. The school is #1 among nursing schools for Federal Research Grants and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.